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Hi folks,we very recently bought a brinsea cabinet incubator and we have weekly batches to come,our first batch has moved to the bottom to hatch but we don't know what to do about the hatch humidity if we put it up high for the hatch will it compromise the other batches.thanks for your help it's a 380 ex by the way,thanks again.

Pheasant plucker
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Unless your incubator has a separate compartment at the bottom (with separate humidity control) for lockdown you have a problem. As far as I know incubators don't tend to have this facility, all the eggs that you but in the incubator should be timed to all go into lockdown at the same time.

Do you have another incubator that you could used for lockdown?

AdrianR
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Hi adrian,unfortunately we don't have another incubator.the brinsea sounded perfect as in shelf 1,2,3 and then down to the bottom to hatch.will it affect the other eggs slightly or totally would you think.

Pheasant plucker
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

I'm not an expert, but increasing the humidity will have a negative affect on the eggs that are still at the incubation stage i.e. poorer success rate at a minimum. Someone else with more experience may be able to give you a better idea of how bad this affect will be.

AdrianR
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Normally increasing the humidity can kill the other eggs. I tried hatching this way but it's not a great success. The humidity is too low and the chicks have it hard hatch out. Best off try buy a small hatcher to bring them out. You could get a handy second hand polyhatch on done deal or one the poultry forums. They do a great job and arnt too expensive

Richiedel123
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Thanks for the advice I currently have the % and I'll keep an eye out for second hand thanks

Pheasant plucker
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Combined setter and hatchers work perfectly well if used correctly.
Humidity usually for the setting period for chicken eggs would be about 40%. When you move them to hatching tray in the top or in the case of ova easy the bottom tray you wait until about a third have chipped then raise humidity to 60 - 65%.
When hatch is over run the machine dry for 48 hours to bring humidity back in line.
The only accurate way to check development and ensure correct humidity is to batch sample weigh the eggs.

Flock Master
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Thanks flockmaster I will definitely give that a go.

Pheasant plucker
Thursday, June 18th, 2020


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